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Norfolk and Waveney Stars Awards: Celebrating the people that make our region so special

Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Our annual bid to recognise the people who do wonderful things in our wonderful region has begun.

For the past five years, the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney has recognised dozens of people, young and old, male and female, who go above and beyond for others.

And this years event, being held in December in the historic surroundings of Norwich’s Blackfriars’ Hall at St Andrew’s promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Yesterday, sponsors of the event gathered at our headquarters in Prospect House to launch the call to arms for the public to begin submitting their entries, which are open to people of any age living within Norfolk and Waveney.

EDP editor-in-chief David Powles said: “These awards are a fantastic way for us to recognise some of the brilliant efforts, some of the bravery, some of the great work and some of the brilliant volunteers we have in the region.

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor.
Overall star Sarah Barrett.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. Overall star Sarah Barrett. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

“We know that in this part of the world community spirit still thrives and I hope that is why people will galvanise behind the event. The night itself is fantastic, moving, emotional, funny and fun.”

There are 14 categories celebrating all walks of life - from those who do brave acts, the good work of the emergency services and those who dedicate countless hours to voluntary work. Meanwhile, two special Star of Norfolk and Waveney Awards are given to individuals that our judges decide need special recognition.

Speaking at the launch, event organiser Mick Parker, of Parker Communications, said: “We decided we wanted to run awards for some of the real heroes, the police members, the fire members, community people, the volunteers in our fantastic region, hence Stars was born.

“To judge, it is impossible. How do you possibly segregate all the amazing people down to 16 nominations for one award? It’s going to be another amazing year.”

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor.
Overall Star Sarah Barrett.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. Overall Star Sarah Barrett. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

There were more than 300 nominations in last year’s competition, which had to be whittled down to the shortlisted finalists who all attend the presentation night.

The awards would not be able to run without the support of businesses, charities and councils that sponsor them. But there is still time for further sponsors to apply.

The top award from the EDP Norfolk and Waveney Stars last year went to Sarah Barrett, from Southwold, who was also recognised as Young Person of the Year. She won the award after creating a campaign website to deal with stigma surrounding mental health issues and self harming.

Her Mother Cath Pickles says family life has changed since the award. She said: ”Sarah wanted to do something with the award, she didn’t want to just let it sit on the shelf so she has been able to organise the Warrior Walk.”

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor.
Presentation for Nigel Pickover.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. Presentation for Nigel Pickover. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The Warrior Walk is a sponsored walk along the coast of Lowestoft with the aim to encourage people to talk more openly about self-harm.

“The work that she has been doing and the growth of it all has been boosted by the award.” Ms Pickles added.

“It’s been tiring having a Norfolk and Waveney star as a daughter as she’s always busy, continuing to help people and keeping herself busy.

“I think that’s why she won the award as she is always busy and wants to help people.”

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norman Drew won the Norfolk and Waveney Award for Police Person of the Year for his commitment to the Lowestoft Emergency Cadets.

The 62-year-old said: “I was in total shock when I was nominated because I’m just doing the job I love. If you do a job you love and people appreciate it, that’s what it’s all about. I work with school children and when they say ‘thanks Norman’ that’s enough for me.”

The award now sits in pride of place on his bookshelf in his living room.

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor.
Police Person of the year award  PCSO Norman Drew.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. Police Person of the year award PCSO Norman Drew. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Categories

Carer of the Year

Young Person of the Year

Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the year

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor.
Young person of the year award winner Sarah Barrett.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. Young person of the year award winner Sarah Barrett. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Community Group or Champion of the Year

Outstanding Bravery

Hospital/Ambulance Hero/Heroine of the Year

Team of the Year

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor.
Young person of the year award winner Sarah Barrett.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. Young person of the year award winner Sarah Barrett. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Search and Rescue Person of the Year

Fire Service Person of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Armed Services Person of the Year

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. 
Peter Wilson.
 PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. Peter Wilson. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Police Person of the Year

Unsung Hero/Heroine of the Year

This years sponsors

Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor.
Nick Conrad.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher Stars of Norfolk and Waveney awards 2016 at Sprowston manor. Nick Conrad. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Flagship Group

Norfolk Community Foundation

North Norfolk District Council

Norfolk County Council

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2015 at St Andrews Hall, Norwich. Young Person of the Year Courtney Payne.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2015 at St Andrews Hall, Norwich. Young Person of the Year Courtney Payne. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Broadland District Council

Breckland District Council

Norwich City Council

Theatre Royal, Norwich

Fred Olsen

Adnams

Cipher Crystal

Kingsley Healthcare

East of England Co-operative Society

There are still some sponsorship opportunities available. To find out more contact Mick Parker on 01473 636983 or 07922 280380 or via mick@parkercom.co.uk

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